tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 2, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured like a cola with far less active carbonation, and very little residual carbonation. Tiny head.
Nose was big on booze, maple srup, molasses, biscuit and slightly roasted nuts.
Taste is rough at first. Hints at being too boozy, but as it warms the other flavors open up and compete with the booze, lots of spice, nutty, roasty, hint of chocolate, biscuit, layers upon layers of flavor. This should probably sit in the bottle for a year to mature.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - SEP 2, 2009
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
750ml bottle. Pours a hazy golden burgundy with a small loose head of larger bubbles. Aroma is sweeter, with candied fruits, caramel, ripe dark fruits, brown sugar, and light vanilla and oak. Flavor is more sweetness, and not in a good way. Too much everywhere, sweet, sweet, sweet, to a fault. I could drink this if I had to, but why would I? Bummer, this is pretty much a drain pour for me, and canít imagine age will help it out. Anyone want to trade for my other bottle?
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brownish color with a small head. Aroma is very strong. Lots of bourbon, very boozy. Flavor is all booze, some vanilla and wood. Very strong and needs some age. Sweet caramel and molasses wants to come through but is overpowered by the bourbon.
beerbill (3564) - Laurel, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a muddy iced tea color with a few large scattered bubbles on the surface. No head ever developed despite pouring directly down the center. Very pleasant aroma of bourbon, oak, vanilla, molasses, and caramel. Quite powerful actually. The flavor is almost equally intense with bourbon, oak, vanilla, molasses, caramel and brown sugar all present, however, it seems a bit too young and hasnít quite meshed yet. The flavors are very brash and need to mellow. Fairly strong alcohol burn at the finish. After the swallow, there is an annoying flavor of isopropyl alcohol that lingers for several seconds at the back of the throat. I would like to pick up another bottle and lay it down for a year or two and come back to it after it matures, as I think this one will improve quite a bit with age.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of tpd975. Pours a cola brown with thin off-white head. Aroma is sweet and slightly sour with notes of bourbon, wine, chocolate, ripe dark fruit, some hints of brown sugar. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of sweet maple syrup, brown sugar, chocolate, ripe dark fruit. Generally medium to full body with a pleasing and lightly boozy finish.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 31, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2010 2009 vintage. Interesting pour; very dark burgundy color (nearly black) with a seemingly minimal head but with some time and a few swirls it becomes small, yellowish-tan, and frothy with very large bubbles; the head is lasting but leaves no lace. The nose is still young but pleasant with a big note of brandy, lots of maple, oaky vanilla, English toffee, light raisin, and scorched dark sugars; nice now but certainly will be better in a couple of years. Flavor is different, in a good way, very vinous and port-like with much more of a fruit presence; initially I get a huge burst of raisins and plums, then the intense bourbon/brandy burn before mellowing with notes of chocolate, toffee, light maple, burnt caramel, scorched dark sugars, light molasses, and hints of prunes, earth, and burnt oak. The palate is warm first of all, very full, soft, velvety, and lightly syrupy; a perfect mouthfeel for the beer but still too warm, even for me. Finishes very long with burned oak, raisin, maple, toffee, and some herbs on the very end (sage?). From the start I really thought that I should have waited to open this one for a couple of years, but it was actually very good. Still I would to try this one with some time in the cellar to calm the intense warmth down just a bit. The flavor was amazing with so many complex, complementary flavors from the fruity Belgian yeast, the sweet malts, and the additional barrel notes. I donít know if I would call this an old ale but it was very interesting and unique, a style all its own. Hopefully I get the chance to try this one with a couple of years in the cellar. Truly one of a kind.
2010 vintage, now called Coton as opposed to Papier. I am perplexed at this one; the appearance has much more head, the nose and flavor are much less warm, the palate is not as warm but still not perfect, and the flavor is not as flavorful. The beer seems similar to last yearís anniversary brew but not entirely the same. All in all, this year seems like it is much less young but does not carry the body or flavor of last year. I definitely did not feel like I was drinking a 14.5% beer. Different category ratings but the same overall rating 8-4-9-4-17.
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 29, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2011 Black with a thin tan bubble ring for a head. Nose is oaky with heavy maple, some alcohol, and chocolate. Flavor is equally strong, a hot blast of chocolate and bourbon with more raisin than the nose, maple, and some dry wood in the finish. Very sticky, intense stuff, booze blasting throughout. Too strong and bruising for me to call it great, but quite good.7371314
On tap at Maxís for acbw. on tap at maxís. tepid chestnut, thin oily cream collar. Nose is empty, maple, chocolate, and a light vinegar. Flavor has heavy stinging sugar, light ethanol, chesnut and pumpernickel, bit of plastic and playdoh in finish. Stingingly chewy body, roast chocolate milkshake finish. Not offensive as most Bruery, but still weak, heavy sweetness masking most of the beer. 636211
BOLTZ7555 (2939) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one definitely will do well with age, but is a decent sipper (if not a bit sweet and hot) right now. Caramel, brown sugar, molasses, and maple in aroma. Murky, rusty Mississippi mud color with a hint of Sedona red. Only a few massive bubbles on the pour but, surprisingly, an eggshell ring springs from the brew and stays throughout the event. Dark fruit, vanilla, oak, and smoke are discovered in the flavor. Also has some bourbon-like qualities and finishes with a little alcohol punch. Thick, syrupy, but with enough carbonation to ignite the palate. Massive malt bomb!!! Solid and you wonít have a hard time feeling the 14.5% ABV!!!
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Many thanks to Alldeybrewin for sending this beauty! Pours dark dark brown with some faint tan bubbles and a microscopic ring of foam for a head (leaves plenty of lacing though). Aroma is everything I wanted it to be: brown sugar, maple, strong raisins, prunes, wood, raspberry, toast, and hints of chocolate. Itís like an earthier sweet sherry. Taste follows suite with flavors of maple, raisin, caramel, brown sugar, bourbon/wood, and prunes. Finishes with the bourbon and wood coming through first followed by a sort of hazelnut coffee flavor, toast, and a dry, bitter woody aftertaste that lasts. This may be the first time Iíve had a beer this sweet that dries out this effectively. Whatever hops are here work magic in the finish. Thick and viscous, the carbonation is only slightly lower than where it should be despite the appearance. Detectable heat, but it could be much worse. Like a big sweet sherry, but with more earth/maple balancing out the prune/raisin qualities. I LOVE this.
Rusty (1543) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 28, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep brown with a barely existant off white head. Aroma is bourbon barrel, oak, dark malts, candi sugars, figs, rasins, yeasts and alcohol. Flavor is all over the board, dark malts, carmelized candi sugar, rasins, figs, yeast, and some really nice barrel characteristics. A bit thick and syrupy but still awesome stuff.